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The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

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March 17, 2011
Do you believe in the resurrection? Well you should. Matthew McConaughey is back from the dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 17, 2011
What happened - did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed one morning and decide that, after smiling through one too many schlocky movies, playing the pretty boy opposite Sandra-Kate-Jennifer, he wanted to do something decent?
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2011
A solid L.A. crime story that once again proves McConaughey as a leading actor to be reckoned with.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
March 17, 2011
... a well plotted legal thriller with a low-down R&B style.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 17, 2011
A return to form for Matthew McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2011
If you long for the days of legal eagle thrillers such as Jagged Edge or Basic Instinct then The Lincoln Lawyer is for you.
March 17, 2011
McConaughey is the definition of a movie star here, sitting back and allowing his charm to imbue the entire film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 17, 2011
This screen adaptation of Michael Connelly's clever legal thriller is stylish, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining.
March 17, 2011
This pungent neo-noir can be sleazy and over-familiar, but like the protagonist, it's so smart and crafty that you may forgive its flaws.
March 17, 2011
Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 17, 2011
Lincoln is smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2011
Charismatic and oozing oily self-confidence, the character Mick Haller dovetails perfectly with McConaughey's skill set and dazzling grin. After a string of desultory romantic comedies, this actor once again has a winner.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" moves through its paces as smoothly as Mickey strolls through a courtroom.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
Brad Furman's movie is shamelessly entertaining and the best thing in it is McConaughey's Mickey Haller, known as "the Lincoln lawyer" because his office is his Town Car.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
It's a world of cynical lawyers cutting deals, careworn cops and cons brooding over sinister secrets. How about letting director Brad Furman adapt something by Carl Hiaasen or Elmore Leonard?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2011
While it doesn't match 'Primal Fear' for spellbinding misdirection, it's certainly a skillfully-made if lightweight legal puzzler.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 17, 2011
"Lincoln Lawyer" is a no-frills legal drama delivered by a team of pros, and it's nice to see McConaughey bring his A game for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 17, 2011
Matthew McConaughey returns to form in this well-executed but all-too-familiar legal thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2011
Matthew McConaughey should always play lawyers. There's something smirky, cocky and untrustworthy about his demeanor -- he slides through every movie like a greased weasel, but in The Lincoln Lawyer, it works.
Read More | Original Score: 7.5/10
March 17, 2011
Blessed with a character who loves to showboat, McConaughey is a pleasure to behold -- not since the actor was battling dragons in Reign of Fire has he been so much fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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